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Advisor Khan reviews functioning of ICDS

JAMMU, February 3: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan took a threadbare review of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) of the Social Welfare Department at Civil Secretariat here today.

During the review, the Advisor emphasised that the ICDS is aimed primarily at providing nutrition to children, especially those from the underprivileged and far-flung areas. He also reviewed issues pertaining to pending payments in this regard.

Secretary Sheetal Nanda informed the Advisor that up-to-date targets, both physical as well as financial, under Poshan Abhiyan have been achieved successfully by the department. Similarly, the targets under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) are also being achieved by the department. 44 thousand, of targetted 49 thousand, beneficiaries have already been provided cash assistance of Rs 5 thousand under the scheme, it was informed.

'Drinking water and toilet facilities are being constructed in each Aanganwadi centre. Out of the target of 28078 drinking water facilities, only 1900 are remaining to be completed. Similarly, only 2600 out of the projected 25469 toilet projects are yet to be completed. Others have been successfully been completed by the department', informed the Secretary.

The Advisor was informed of the staff rationalisation procedures being adopted by the Social Welfare Department for efficient and optimum utilisation of Anganwadi Centres and the workers therein.

He gave patient hearing to all issues and demands posited by MD ICDS and assured appropriate resolution as well as escalation up to the Centre if required. He called for framing fresh and clear rules to eliminate the scope of ambiguity and confusion in issues pertaining to disbursal of relief, eligibility of beneficiaries etc.

Advisor Khan called for geo-tagging of every Anganwadi Centre of the UT. The procedure would help identify areas requiring additional centres and result in their optimum distribution, he highlighted.

Taking strong note of arbitrary engagement of individuals by district offices, the Advisor issued directions seeking explanation and taking stern action upon the erring officers.

Departmental issues, including those pertaining to DPCs and recruitment, and legal issues were also discussed at length in the meeting.

Those present at the meeting included Mission Director ICDS, Rubina Kousar; among other officers of the Social Welfare Department and ICDS.